One of my stories—”The Collared Signal”—appeared in a special publication by the award-winning Crossed Genres. Accepted in 2013 and published in 2014, Fierce Family marked a turning point for me, a return to writing after a long hiatus from creative work.
Editor Bart Leib described Fierce Family this way:
Strong, united families are rarely portrayed in speculative fiction. They’re often dysfunctional, combative, self-destructive, or miserable, when they’re portrayed at all. This is especially true for non-nuclear and adoptive families, single parent families and families with no children, which are easy targets for invalidation. And QUILTBAG families are almost never portrayed in speculative fiction, regardless of whether their families are loving or falling apart. Fifteen exhilarating stories of QUILTBAG families experiencing adventure, disaster, and triumph make up Fierce Family. They are families of any constellation: all sizes and configurations, families of choice as well as families by birth. They are caring and connected—when outside conflict arises, they come together to defend and aid one another. Fiercely, and without hesitation.
Fierce Family includes J.L. Forrest’s “The Collared Signal” and fourteen other marvelous tales, rich with diversity and truth.